Medical sniffer COVID-19 dogs being trained in the UK

By Claudia Bensimoun –   First published: Animal Wellness magazine April 8, 2020     anyone, including those who are asymptomatic and tell us whether they need to be tested.  This would be fast, effective and non-invasive and make sure the limited NHS testing resources are only used where they are really needed.” With each disease having a specific odor, medical detection dogs are experts when it comes to identifying skin temperature changes and unique smells. The hope is that these dogs will be able to help detect travelers at airports with fevers linked to COVID-19 so that they can be … Continue reading Medical sniffer COVID-19 dogs being trained in the UK

Environmental Factors Can Affect The Incidence of Hip Dysplasia

By Claudia Bensimoun Writer at The United States Dog Agility Association (USDAA)& World Cynosport Rally(2013 -2020) First published in The United States Agility Association (USDAA) & The World Cynosport Rally by Claudia Bensimoun in 2013     For the original article at World Cynosport Rally. Woofs & Wags! C.B Continue reading Environmental Factors Can Affect The Incidence of Hip Dysplasia

Dogs Imitate Novel Human Actions and Store Them in Memory.

By Claudia Bensimoun A recent scientific study shows that dogs can learn to copy human behavior and repeat it later. First published in The United States Dog Agility Association (USDAA) in 2013 by Claudia Bensimoun Every dog watched their handler go into a wooden box. These dogs would then have to wait for one minute before going back to their starting position. They were then told to “Do it.” When they had to do the distraction action tests, the dogs were made to watch their handler do something they had seen before. Then they were led behind the screen, but … Continue reading Dogs Imitate Novel Human Actions and Store Them in Memory.

Training Tuesday: Petting or Praise – What Do Dogs Prefer?

By Claudia Bensimoun First published in THE UNTED STATES DOG AGILITY ASSOCIATION (USDAA) What’s the best way to reward your dog – petting or praising?     Image Credit: Pixaby Agility requires plenty of teamwork between dog and handler, and we all understand the importance of effective communication with our furry best friends. If you’re wondering how best to connect with your dog, consider this research by two canine cognition behaviorists and experts who examined what dogs preferred most – petting or verbal praise. Dr. Erica N. Feuerbacher from the University of Florida and Dr. Clive Wynne from Arizona State University worked … Continue reading Training Tuesday: Petting or Praise – What Do Dogs Prefer?

Training Tuesday: When Will Your Pup Be Most Attentive to Learning?

By Claudia Bensimoun First published in The United States Dog Agility Association (USDAA)   Image credit: Pixaby In order to learn successfully, dogs, like humans, need to have some level of concentration and attention. Similarly, dogs, like humans, have varying amounts of attentiveness throughout the span of their lives, according to a study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology. Dr. Lisa Wallis at the Messerli Research Institute, Vetmeduni, Vienna, and her colleagues used a cross-sectional study design to examine attention changes (when attention peaks and declines) in the course of a dog’s life, and concluded that dogs’ attentional and … Continue reading Training Tuesday: When Will Your Pup Be Most Attentive to Learning?

Training Tuesday: How Dogs Know When Communication Is Intended for Them

By Claudia Bensimoun First published in The United States Dog Agility Association (USDAA) Studies show importance of body language, eye contact in dog-human interactions. Image credit: Pixaby Thousands of years of living with humans and domestication have most likely given our furry friends an evolved ability to pay attention to and understand most human visual communication. The main question is how flexible dogs’ understanding of human communication really is. For example, studies show that dogs are more skillful in making use of human pointing gestures than wolves and even chimpanzees. Juliane Kaminski, Ph.D., member of the psychology department at the … Continue reading Training Tuesday: How Dogs Know When Communication Is Intended for Them

Training Tuesday: New Study Shows How Dogs Mirror Our Stress

By Claudia Bensimoun First published in The United States Dog Agility Association (USDAA)   Image credit: Pixaby Agility competitors have all felt the impact of stress, and have probably noticed their dogs feeling stressed out too. While cortisol levels increase naturally with physical activity, previous research has demonstrated that short-term levels of cortisol in saliva increases in both dog and owner when they compete together. A recent study from researchers at Linköping University (Sweden) compared the long-term impact of physical activity on cortisol levels among companion and agility or obedience dogs. The study, first published in the scientific journal Scientific … Continue reading Training Tuesday: New Study Shows How Dogs Mirror Our Stress

Training Tuesday: How Does Your Dog Know What You’re Saying?

By Claudia Bensimoun First published in The United States Dog Agility Association (USDAA) A recent study looks at how dogs process verbal communication.   Image Credit: Pixaby Dogs are our best friends. We can’t avoid communicating with them, nor would we want to. We’re constantly sending messages — with our words, hand gestures, eyes and even our scent. And we know that training for agility and other dog sports requires communicating with our dogs to get the desired behavior. But how do they know what we’re saying? Do they understand us when we speak? A study from Emory Health Sciences focuses … Continue reading Training Tuesday: How Does Your Dog Know What You’re Saying?